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No Balochistan dossier from Pakistan, PM tells Parliament

IANS  New Delhi, July 29, 2009
First Published: 16:13 IST(29/7/2009) | Last Updated: 16:25 IST(29/7/2009)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday told Parliament that Pakistan did not give any dossier to India on Balochistan when he met his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani in Egypt July 16.

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No such dossier was given, Manmohan Singh said while intervening in a debate in Lok Sabha on the July 16 India-Pakistan joint statement at Sharm-el-Sheikh that delinked Islamabad's action on terror from the composite dialogue process.

The contentious statement included a reference to threats to Balochistan, a province in Pakistan, for the first time in a bilateral document between the two countries.

Manmohan Singh was responding to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha's contention that some Pakistani leaders have seized upon the reference to Balochistan.

Sinha alluded to reports in Pakistan that Gilani gave Manmohan Singh a dossier on India's alleged role in fomenting insurgency in Pakistan's southwest province.


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